Ultra rich healthier dirt pudding cups that make for the best healthy Halloween treat for kids! You won’t believe these layers of chocolate pudding, chocolate cookie crumbles, and gummy worms are naturally Paleo, vegan, and dairy free!
I’ve been trying think of a fun, festive, and slightly scary treat for everyone to enjoy. Nothing was coming to mind, so I was basically about to give up.
Then a few weeks ago, Jared and I took a trip to Disney World for my birthday (I’m too lucky!!!), and one night after walking 15 miles (I kid you not, we were dying!), we came back late for the park and were starving. The only thing open was this little cafe at our hotel, and there they had Oreo dirt pudding cups.
I screamed. I loveeeeee worms and dirt. It was my all time favorite childhood treat as a kid!
So I grabbed a cup (of course), and thought, waitttttt a minute. I could make this myself! So I happily devoured my pudding cup, knowing as soon as I got home, I’d get to making a completely Paleo, completely vegan version of my childhood favorite because what’s life without a fun challenge!?
The result: ultra chocolatey decadence sprinkled with a crunchy and delicious cookie crumble, and layered with homemade gummy worms (that just so happen to be vegan!). My taste testers had a hard time believing these healthier dirt pudding cups were Paleo, dairy free, gluten free, lower in sugar, and vegan.
Did that scare you? I hope it did!
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What the heck are dirt pudding cups?!
Okay so shockingly enough, not everyone knows what worms and dirt is! Which is so funny to me because growing up, my sister and would go to town eating our dirt pudding cups out on the grass in the middle of summer haha!
It was one my favorite childhood treats. The cool part was that we would have it during the summer, when all the kids were quite literally playing in the dirt worms, and we would also have it for Halloween because it has a little bit of that ghoul factor 😉
If you noticed, I also called these dirt pudding cups dirt and worms; it has a few names! Some people call it mud and worms, some people call is Oreo mud pudding cups…I think it really just has to do with what you’re accustomed to!
Essentially dirt pudding consists of the most decadent chocolate pudding, layered with crumbles of Oreo cookies and topped with gummy worms poking out.
It’s insanely rich, insanely sweet, and soooo satisfying. BUT instead of making the classic version, I did a twist on the classic (I mean, did you expect anything else?!).
I made this recipe completely vegan, completely Paleo, lower in sugar, anddddd still taste exactly identical to the childhood classic we all know and love 😉
Making healthier dirt and worms pudding cups
So you’re probably wondering if there’s some witchcraft behind one of the best healthy Halloween treats, and the answer is yes and no. You see, behind every trick of the magician, there’s an explanation. So while on the outside, these healthier dirt pudding cups look unbelievable, I’m about to reveal that magic for you 😉
For these “Oreo” dirt pudding cups, we’ll be making a Paleo chocolate pudding (that also happens to be vegan), my favorite recipe for Paleo vegan Oreo cookies (it’s insane how much these taste like Oreo’s- one person that I was lying that I made them!), and for the real kicker: homemade Paleo vegan gummy worms.
Now, before you run for the hills, don’t fret. This vegan chocolate pudding does not contain any millennial freakiness, like avocado or sweet potato (yes, I just made fun of myself because my sweet potato mousse is incredible haha!).
This recipe does not contain any nuts, nor gelatin, nor require you to use any freaky equipment other than a gummy worm mold and two saucepans.
Now for the ingredients. For the vegan chocolate pudding, you’ll need:
- Coconut cream
- Coconut sugar
- Cacao powder
- Chocolate Chips
- Arrowroot powder (or cornstarch, but this won’t make it Paleo)
For the Paleo vegan Oreo cookies, you can check out the ingredients here!
And finally, for the vegan gummy worms (the simplest of them all), you’ll need:
- Orange juice or carrot juice
- Green juice (I recommend using a green juice with apple or pineapple in it for kids- it’ll be the one of the best healthy Halloween treats for kids then because the worms will still be sweet, yet they’ll get some nutrients in!)
- Agar powder
Now because making your own gummy candy sounds a little bit intimidating, and making the pudding and the cookies are pretty straight forward, I want to walk you through how to make these vegan gummy worms in the easiest way possible!
How to make gummy candy
…That’s also vegan and Paleo and low in sugar? Doing what I do, I’ve since learned that really anything is possible! Plus, making gummy candy is actually much easier than you would think.
Because I wanted these gummy worms to be simple and made with ingredients parents could feel good about and kids could enjoy, I chose to go with real veggie and fruit juices, mixed with agar powder.
Agar powder is basically the vegan/vegetarian version of gelatin, and personally, I think it works even better because there’s no taste to it. I was unable to purchase agar powder in stores, so I ordered online, but you may find some at your local health food store!
Now for making gummy worms, you do need a mold. This is the exact mold I use, and I highly recommend it, as it comes with the really helpful eye droppers so you can just squeeze the juice into the mold rather than making a mess!
Here are the easy steps to making gummy worms from scratch:
- Heat one juice (whichever color you want to do first!) on the stove until it begins to bubble.
- Add in the agar powder and stir for about 5 minutes on medium heat. It will still look like just juice.
- Remove the juice from the heat and pipe the juice into the gummy worm molds. Let it sit for 5 minutes to stiffen then transfer to the fridge to cool for 10 minutes.
Easy right? You’re going to LOVE building these dirt pudding cups with homemade gummy worms!
I hope you love these healthier dirt pudding cups as much as I do! It seriously makes for one of the best healthy Halloween treats for kids, and takes me straight back to childhood.
If you end up giving these pudding cups a go, let me know down in the comments, and of course, I’ll be sharing everyone Halloween worms and dirt on my Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there!
Happy digging and worming haha!
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Ultra rich healthier dirt pudding cups that are unbelievably vegan, Paleo, and dairy free make for the best healthy Halloween treat for kids!
Paleo Chocolate Pudding
- 16 ounces coconut cream
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/8 cup cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 cup arrowroot powder/cornstarch
Paleo Vegan Oreos:
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cacao
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
Paleo Vegan Gummy Worms:
- 1/2 cup green juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice or carrot juice
- 1 tsp agar powder
To make the Paleo vegan chocolate pudding:
- Combine the coconut milk, coconut sugar, cacao powder, and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan and heat on medium-high until warm.
- Add in the chocolate chips and continue stirring until melted. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Continue stirring the mixture for about 10 minutes on low heat until the coconut milk begins to thicken.
- Sift in arrowroot power and stir until dissolved.
- Remove the pudding from heat and transfer to a bowl. Let cool for 15 minutes, then cover with tin foil to let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
- Prepare 1 batch of the Paleo vegan Oreo cookies, minus the coconut butter. To do this, preheat the oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine the coconut flour, cacao powder, and baking soda.
- Add in the maple syrup and coconut oil, and combine with a spoon until consistent.
- Spread the cookie dough onto the parchment paper (you don’t need to make cookies out of it, since you’ll be crumbling it!). Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookie to the fridge to chill and harden before you crumble it. Let it sit in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
To make the vegan gummy worms:
- Heat green juice in a small sauce pan until it begins to bubble.
- Add in 1/2 tsp agar powder and stir for 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Remove the juice from heat, and pipe the juice into the worm molds.
- Repeat steps 1-3 for the orange/carrot juice.
- Let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before transferring to the fridge to cool for another 10 minutes.
To assemble the healthy dirt pudding cups:
- Layer the chocolate pudding first into 4 jars.
- Crumble the Paleo vegan Oreo’s cookie on top.
- Top with a few gummy worms, and serve!
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
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